It was Good Friday…
…and all through the city not a creature was stirring…
…except for the bewildered peoples of non-christian faiths.
And three chaps in a studio planning for a no content holiday show. That was until Scenery producer Ryan Winter announced that he had indeed sourced some content for the show, which did need to played to the souls grieving the untimely death of zombie Jesus.
Ryan caught up with curator and art dealer Joshua Smith of Espionage Gallery. Now I don’t know if this is an amalgamation of memories from around the same time, but I’m pretty sure the first time I saw Joshua’s work was when a friend of mine was showing me around the upstairs of the old Fad Bar. It was a jaw droppingly good multi-layered stencil of a 50/60s styled lady on canvas, and me being a big fan of stencil art, immediately fell in love with his work. The next time I came across him I was drunk at the Highway, and we were on the same quiz team together. We chatted throughout the night about street art and stencil techniques, all of which I have now forgotten, and then I never saw him again. But time and time again I would see his work pop all over this fair city and over the years he has developed an impeccable reputation amongst the Adelaide art scene, the good one.
Along with producing his own work, he also curates Espionage Gallery, located just off Rundle Mall. At the time this story was featured on the Scenery, Espionage was hosting ‘Limited Edition’, featuring the art of some Scenery favorites including Jake One & Two, Twoone, Ankles and Joshua Smith himself. The idea being for each artist to make a few copies of the same print, hence limited edition, with the idea of encouraging people who would not normally buy, or who could not afford to purchase art, the opportunity.
Ryan also spoke with artist Cameron Brideoake, whose exhibition followed ‘Limited Edition’, entitled ‘Mythmaker’.
‘Mythmakers’ explored Cameron’s fascination with world culture and ancient history, and then marrying the two with street art.
Espionage is currently hosting the exhibition ‘Les Dessinatrices’, an all female exhibition featuring artists from around the world, as well as a host of local talent.
This week feature track must belong to Willis Earl Beal. The man who reportedly puts up posters in his home town of Seattle with his phone number and instructions to ring it anytime to have him sing you a song down the line. He’ll also send you a picture if you send him a self addressed envelope. We played ‘Ghost Robot’ off his Acousmatic Sorcery LP, unfortunately I couldn’t find a version on the net, so here’s the lead single ‘Monotony’.